We passed Cape York, the northernmost tip of Queensland, and we officially left the Coral Sea: we are now in the Arafura Sea (never heard before? we neither!) and we are asking ourselves whether this is or not a part of the Indian Ocean (probably it is?).
The passage around the Cape has been very fast, with a strong favourable current and a rather fresh wind which often blew in eccess of 30 knots, so that at one point we were doing 10,5 knots! Unfortunately wind and current did not abate even in the Red Island anchorage where we went together with several other Rally yachts.
We were just settled there when we noticed Michael of “Big Blue” going back and forwards in a dinghy belonging to another boat: after a while we understood he was laying a rope between the stern of a big motor-boat and a sort of schooner which was laying at a strange angle. No surprise, it was grounded!
Pull and pull, the schooner is freed, only to get stuck again just 20 meters to our back! We join the help party, and help laying two anchors up-tide to help preventing the boat to get stuck further in with the raising tide, and then there was only to wait for high-water.
We chat, we drink, and inevitably the conversation falls on the location we are in, and on the inevitable question about crocodiles: are they really around? And the inevitable answer comes: yes, they are, just last week one could be seen for several days sunbathing on the beach, down there!
Ok, understood, no swimming once again…
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